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Catedral de sal

  1. 1. Entrance to Catedral de Sal the mine is still in use, but at night when there are no touristsWednesday, 26 December 12
  2. 2. All the walls are solid salt rock interestingly the salt has no iodine, hence the local people suffered goitersWednesday, 26 December 12
  3. 3. me & BenWednesday, 26 December 12
  4. 4. Ben & MariaWednesday, 26 December 12
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  6. 6. The salt is only white when water leaches it from the rock. This is can be quite dangerous - the miners do not want water leaking throughWednesday, 26 December 12
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  9. 9. The cross is carved into the rock: it is a relief but looks 3D.Wednesday, 26 December 12
  10. 10. my silhouette by a huge columnWednesday, 26 December 12
  11. 11. The ceilings in this section are very high. There is nylon fishing line hanging from the ceiling in places to measure how much it sinks - over thousands of years the mountain will reclaim this space.Wednesday, 26 December 12
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  16. 16. A small lake, reflecting the ceilingWednesday, 26 December 12
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  19. 19. very happy to find a spider in the carving in the rockWednesday, 26 December 12
  20. 20. We decide to try our hand at mining (move aside claustrophobia)Wednesday, 26 December 12
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  23. 23. After 3 attempts I made it through this tunnel, holding Maria’s hand. It helped that it was pitch dark so I could notactually see how narrow it wasWednesday, 26 December 12
  24. 24. The miners used to be paid in salt - Ben would have been broke -he barely chipped the rockWednesday, 26 December 12
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  26. 26. It is much harder than it looks!Wednesday, 26 December 12
  27. 27. Dynamite holesWednesday, 26 December 12
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  32. 32. Miners return from a hard day’s workWednesday, 26 December 12
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  34. 34. We settle into the cinema to watch a movie about the mineWednesday, 26 December 12
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  37. 37. BenWednesday, 26 December 12
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  39. 39. Salt leeching: reinforcement necessary in this sectionWednesday, 26 December 12
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